A video showing a lion nonchalantly crossing a road, is being shared on social media with the claim that the incident occurred in Aarey colony, Mumbai. It may be noted that Aarey colony was recently in the news after tribals had protested in May 2019 against infrastructure projects in the area, and later in June 2019, there was another protest over the proposal to set up a zoo inside the colony. Aarey colony is a neighbourhood situated in Goregaon (East), on the outskirts of Mumbai. The area has thick vegetation and is home to leopards.

The video has also been shared on Facebook with the same claim. According to the accompanying message, the lion was seen at Aarey colony.


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The video being shared on Facebook and Twitter, is actually from Gujarat and NOT from Mumbai. Alt News reverse-searched one of the frames of the video, and came across a news report of July 13, 2019 by Gujarati news channel ABP Asmita. The incident had reportedly occurred on Bilkha road in Junagadh district of Gujarat, home to the famous Gir National Park.

The same had been reported by Gujarati publications Sandesh and Divya Bhaskar. It may be noted that the video is from Junagadh, Gujarat and not Mumbai, although it is a recent occurrence.


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